Friday, March 12, 2010

Mini Review: Section 9

Last night I got the chance to finaly see Section 9. I had been wanting to see it for a while, since people kept asking me if I saw it and telling me how awesome it was when I answered in the negetive. I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum in this review.

The basic plot of begining of the movie is that some aliens crash land in Johanisberg, South Africa and are cordoned off in ghetto camps, and generaly treated like non sencient beings. The movie starts with a millitary group called the MNU trying to move them to a smaller camp further away from humans. The location is of course very intentional, and the writer/director is from S. Africa. They don't hit you over the head with this, and the aparthid is never mentioned, though it is enough that the viewers carry this in the backs of their minds as a connecting theme.

It was an interesting movie, and I did enjoy it, over all it was a very good science fiction action movie, and more than that had a lot of "brain" to it, and thigns to think about.

However, I thought there were aspects that were lacking. As someone interested in anthropology I was disapointed how little we got too little a look at the alien's culture. They like cat food for some reason, but there's no cultural reason why that'd be sinifigent, and so just comes off as this quant thing thrown in.

Also, I thought the main character was just a plain ass through most of the movie, and had a hard time connecting or feeling sympathy for him. Perhaps that was the point that I connected more with the alien. At first I thought it was just cluelessness but he apears pretty quickly to have no problems with outright genocide and mistreatment.

I liked the sort of documentry style of the shooting of the movie, employing many "head cam" shots and interviews with people interspersed, and yet it didn't interfere with the action sequences and the story of the movie.

Now that I've seen it, I agree it was a pretty great movie, and I recomend it.

I was thinking that it may be interesting for people to try to develop a culture and history for this race of aliens. Other people interested?

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